Yes, it’s another one of my favorite awkward Ethics Alarms creature, the Comment of the Day on a Comment of the Day. This time the commenter is Mrs. Q, who had to suspend her regular corner here due to other obligations (I am keeping the corner warm, however) but who still weilds a vivid metaphorical pen.
Here is her Comment of the Day on “Comment Of The Day: “Morning Ethics Warm-Up, 3/9/2020: Coronavirus Ethics”:
“The smug manner in which we are all being told to just hole up in out homes indefinitely is not really helpful. Civilization has to continue.”
This has been the main challenge for a lot of us small business owners right now. How to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 while maintaining continued client services/purchases. Because I have health conditions that could be severely triggered by a virus like this, the balance of retaining client contact while staying healthy has been a newer challenge.
For updates, find a medical website you know and stick with it. If you surf, you will drown.
The problem is having the time to find a site I “can trust” as just about every site and resource contradicts its previous advice or “findings” practically every hour. If anyone has a suggestion for such a site I’d love to hear it because in the last two weeks this is what I’ve heard from news and medical sites:
- The virus lives on surfaces for five days or nine days or nine hours or three hours or not at all.
- Only 1-2% of the population will have severe illness or 10% or 20% or now 30%.
- Use antibacterial gel or don’t use it because it’s ineffective or use it but make sure it’s 60% alcohol or 70% alcohol or only use non-antibacterial soap.
- It takes an hour of close contact in an enclosed space to get COVID-19 or you can’t catch it in close contact or you need to be one foot away or three feet or now six feet.
- Get supplies for two weeks or don’t worry about it or get supplies for a month or one week.
- Limit your contact and wear a mask or don’t wear a mask or only wear certain masks or masks don’t work or some masks you can’t wear if you have asthma.
- Go outside or don’t go outside or go outside but not around people.
All the while most of us are trying to maintain businesses, jobs, kids/family members, keeping our homes disinfected, and apparently go to Chinese restaurants so as not to appear as racists. This is why in a recent post here about a pregnant woman whose baby (or clump of cells depending on your view) died from going without medical supervision, I voted that the medical industry has some blame. It’s not just the news that tells us different things but the experts themselves constantly change up advice and precautions. This leaves many who need to work and be safer to think for ourselves and do our best while living our lives.
My wife works at a place a lot of tourists go. She’s pretty sure a co-worker had Corona virus. The worker wanted to get tested but couldn’t and just came back after being gone a week. Though her employer is aware and more and more staff are calling out, the company is business as usual. Should they shut down or stay open? Not to mention this business is basically a petri dish as staff share computers and phones (including a housekeeper who wears gloves to dig into garbage receptacles, removes trash by hand, then uses the same gloved hand to open doors).
So my advice for busy people who care but also need to carry on is:
Prepare for the worst, pray for the best, stay clean and don’t forget to rest.
I’m back, ever briefly, to say that theArs Technica site has been an excellent resource so far.